The Silver Maple is sometimes also known as the Soft Maple.
The Silver Maple is a fast growing maple that can handle the urban environment. It is important to note where you plant these though as their roots can cause sidewalks and driveways to crack and their roots can penetrate sewers and septic systems. Keep these at least 25' away from any areas that could cause concerns.
In the natural landscape, the Silver Maple is commonly found in streamside areas, along lake fringes and sometimes in gullies, swamps and slow drainage areas. While this maple tree will do fine in most soil moisture situations, it tends to especially thrive on the constantly moist sites.